Sassy and Shabby

For the love of all things Vintage

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Charlie Brown!! (which by the way will be on this THURSDAY night at 7:00pm - check your local listings). Every year we carve pumpkins and each year it gets a lil easier as the kids are getting older. I am fortunate my daughter LOVES to dig out the "guts" and seeds (my LEAST favorite part!) so we all do our own gut digging! This year I have found a few lil helpful hints that I thought I'd share (although I am CERTAIN y'all already have this down!).

For the first time this year I am doing the battery operated tea lights for my pumpkins (that way when the wind blows they WILL STAY LIT. In addition, I don't have to waste my good candles outside AND no worries about setting the porch in fire! We know these battery operated candles are all over the place....I got mine at the Dollar Tree...2 in a pack for $1.00 (so far, so good). I didn't want to put these "candles" directly on the pumpkin SO I used these fab lil canning / jelly jars I found at the Salvation Army the other day. When I saw them I KNEW I'd find something to do with them (and for .29 HOW can you go wrong?!?!). I bought three and what do you know?!? I have three pumpkins....fate?
For the pumpkin lids I painstakingly cut each lil notch (so they would look neat and pretty) BUT when I went to put the lid on it was a bit like a puzzle...trying to figure out which cute lil groove fit together....I KNEW I wasn't gonna go through this EVERY time I lit the pumpkins...
So I colored a lil black triangle once the pieces match up on one lil point....
and VIOLA! They fit together!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like....


WHAT?!?! Just kidding - kinda! My girl Paola and I wanted to make something and since Halloween is already next week, we decided to forgo a Halloween project...Thanksgiving could've been fun BUT nope, we went right ahead to Christmas! Last year in blogworld there were tons of ornament wreaths all over blogland so I thought this might be a fun project for us.

We are Happily getting our craft on! Until we realize we are short balls....big balls, small balls, green balls and gold balls! (edit: had I ACTUALLY read the blog posts I would've known you need between 60 and 80 ornaments to complete)

SO, Here we 4 days later with MORE balls!
The girls lookin' silly!
HOORAY! We finished! I did silver and lime green with a leopard accent ribbon and Paola did red and gold with red accent ribbon.
ONCE you have all the materials this project is a fun breeze! The challenge for me is that I am 25 minutes from any store that carries this type of decoration. I am SO PLEASED with how they came out! To make your own:

* simply get a wire hanger
*un-twist the top hook portion of the hanger
*shape into a circle
*gather 60-80 ornaments in varying sizes
(I used only plastic and styrafoam so I didn't have to worry about breakage. I also found it's easier to use the large 8"ish in diameter balls as the major base - I used 8 total)
*thread varying sizes and colors onto hanger until it's almost full
(leave about 3" on each side so you can twist them back together to seal the circle)
*gather ribbon and thread onto wreath and tie a big bow at the top...VIOLA!!

I have linked up at Tatertots and Jello and here

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Since you've been gone...

Ok, not really YOU, more ME!! Where have I been you ask? Here's a hint....

A few girlfriends and I took off for a FUN weekend in NY! PERFECT weather, good company and lots of GREAT food!

Of course walking along, I manage to find a FAB lil shop.....

YIKES! Upper Crust is right! GREAT items but the prices gave me a lil sticker shock!! PLUS, all I brought was a carry on SO no junking for me :)
We ate sammies as big as our heads! (actually 3 of us ate off of this ENORMOUS Carnegie Deli Sammie)

We went to the CUTEST lil Bakery....maybe you've heard of it....Magnolia Bakery.....
There was a momma sized mannequin and a baby size mannequin in the window...LOVE the crinoline!
These cute lil vintage aprons were for sale....

The ambiance at Magnolia was EXACTLY what you would expect of a cupcake shop UNFORTUNATELY the baked goods weren't as good as I expected them to be. I tried a Red Velvet cupcake, a Magic Bar and something else that I can't remember right now....and my girls also said the frosting was the best part.

The BEST hot fudge sunday EVAH! can be found at Serendipity 3 (as featured in the movie Serendipity)
That's all I've got for now girlies! I am prepping for a craft show in a few weeks....I'm going with a Pink Christmas theme!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I have felt challenged decorating this year for halloween (new house, so no familiar places to put stuff) SO little by little I've been getting the scaries out! This vignette is in the kitchen on the favorite part is the "bowl of bones" (say that 5's fun and happy)
The mantle also proved challenging as I wanted to display the hissy fit sign (isn't that CUTE and so appropriate for the season...certainly not, I don't have hissy fits)! See that hurricane at the end on the right side? Saw that at a boutique over the weekend (this place was SO CUTE!! It's in Rockford, PORCH)
So I tried my hand at it.....

Started out with these (bag of candy corn, bag and a half of black beans and a bag of white beans)
Lest you think it was as easy as just dumping them in the I did (which it would have IF I realized the shear size of my container and bought more fillers) and I KNEW I wouldn't be able to stand looking at it all a mess...SO I sorted through the three layers and separated them (and took a pic in case y'all didn't believe me)

For a hot minute I thought about running back to the store (but decided a 2o minute drive just wasn't worth it) KNEW I couldn't wait 'til morning to buy more. I started thinking....AH HA! If I find something short and cylindrical I can get the beans around it and not waste precious black beans filling the bottom.....

Remember my happy bittersweet display?

I didn't want to put it away because I SO enjoy the orange and green combo....SO I added a skully....
and my White Wednesday pumpkin stand......

Turned WICKED.....

Happy Haunting!